Formula Drift World Championship: Chris Forsberg Becomes first Three-time Champion
Under the smoke and lights of Irwindale Speedway in California, Chris Forsberg became the first three-time Formula Drift World Champion. This achievement comes after a record-setting season, with Forsberg taking six consecutive podiums in his Nissan 370Z.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for Forsberg, however, with 2015 champion Fredric Aasbo coming into the meeting with a chance of reclaiming the title for himself at the Irwindale Speedway. And the drifting certainly didn’t begin as planned either as Forsberg’s 1,000-hp VK56-powered 370Z hit the wall while competing against Pat Mordaunt. The collision put an end to the evening for the would-be champion having only competed in one battle with potentially disastrous consequences for his title challenge.
With Aasbo facing seasoned veteran Matt Field, Forsberg and team watched intently from the sidelines. An unforced error from Aasbo caused his car to tap Fields’ and left Forsberg’s team feeling hopeful, until Field’s car had a mechanical issue at the end of his run. Using every second of the five-minute “Competition Time Out,” Fields’ crew fixed the car and got out to the start line just in time.
In the end Matt Field was the saving grace for Forsberg as a strong performance in his second battle against Aasbo saw him claim the round, relegating the 2015 champion to second place and crowning the Nissan 370Z driver as the season’s victor.
“It’s an amazing feeling to win the championship three times now, and also break our 2014 podium record,” said Forsberg. “It just goes to show that consistency pays off. We may not have won a round this year, but we won the Championship, and that is our goal every year.”
Forsberg credits his strong consistent performance to his team and the all-Nissan platform they have worked to master.
“The VK56 is just an insane engine,” said Forsberg. “Our fully developed 370Z chassis is incredibly powerful and reliable. It’s the reliability that it takes to win a Championship.”
Forsberg looks forward to chasing a fourth title in the 2017 Formula Drift Season that kicks off in Long Beach next spring.